• Disneyland to zap back to 1961 for taping of SAVING MR. BANKS in November


    We've just received word that taping will be occurring at Disneyland on November 6 and 7 for the recently announced SAVING MR. BANKS feature film starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. The biopic follows Walt Disney in his quest to convince author P.L. Travers to allow him to turn the beloved "Mary Poppins" books into a feature film.

    Although details are sparse as far as locations, we can verify that early versions of the Saving Mr. Banks script featured a scene with Disney attempting to woo Travers on the King Arthur Carrousel making a Fantasyland shoot very likely for its iconic imagery that is reminiscent of the park.

    As this is a feature film taping, guests should NOT expect to show up day-of to make it as an extra in the film, especially considering the time-period to be evoked in the film. In fact, casting is currently under way for extras being cast to feature hairstyles and looks reminiscent of the styles in 1961.


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    This is not the first time that Disneyland has been featured in a film, nor is it the first time the park has been portrayed in the 1960 period. The 1996 film That Thing You Do (which also starred Tom Hanks) portrayed a very quick scene in of a visit the Happiest Place on Earth.

    The quick glimpses in That Thing You Do included a a ride on the Matterhorn Bobsleds in vehicles that were consistent with the colors of the bobsleds in the 1960s and a shot of Sleeping Beauty Castle with Mickey and Goofy in costumes that were reminiscent of the ones the characters wore in the 1960s (the gloves and clothing can partially seen above including 5-finger gloves for Mickey and no hat for Goofy). Below you can see an actual vintage shot of Mickey Mouse at Magic Kingdom.


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    UPDATE: New article from OCRegister confirms taping details:

    Disney will block off parts of the park Nov. 6-7 for "Saving Mr. Banks."

    Crews will close sections of the park only during filming, and no area will be closed all day. Disney declined to say which parts would be closed. "We will be communicating that schedule to guests when they arrive on those days"

    Disney officials declined to confirm which actors would come to Disneyland, and they warned that visitors shouldn't expect to see any stars on set, which will be obstructed. Because the movie is set in 1961, crews can't risk accidentally filming regular guests in the background.